St Peter’s College in Gore has won the Bishop’s Shield at the Seventy-Fifth Annual Otago and Southland Catholic Secondary Schools’ Public Speaking Competition. The competition, which was attended by Bishop Michael Dooley, was hosted by St Peter’s on August 10 -12.

St Peter’s principal Kate Nicholson praised the students who did so well in the competition.

“What a win! We are immensely proud of our students who wowed the judges last weekend at the Bishop’s Shield Competition, winning nearly every event. I wish to thank Mr Brendan Terry and Mrs Nikki Cunningham who put in so much work preparing for this event,” she said in a statement.

“We are also pleased with the fact that St Peter’s name has now been engraved on the shield two out of the last three years. This says a lot about the commitment and talent of our wonderful students at present. Thank you to all the staff and parents who encourage and work with these young people to achieve so well,” she added.

St Kevin’s College in Oamaru was the runner-up and took home the Marist Centennial Plate.

The winners in the different categories were: Junior Drama, St Peter’s College; Senior Drama, St Kevin’s College; Junior Scripture, Hannah Crowley, St Peter’s College; Senior Scripture study questions, Grace Turipa, St Peter’s College; Senior Scripture Psalm/Sight reading, Grace Turipa, St Peter’s College; Impromptu Speech, Lucy Swain, St Peter’s College; Prepared Speech, Dakoda Conroy, St Peter’s College; Junior Debating, Mia Hollingworth, Roidan Sutherland and Holly Muirhead from Verdon College; Senior Debating, Rebecca Whittet, Bethan Ardouin and Joel Kunnethedan from St Kevin’s College; Best Speaker in Junior Debates, Roidan Sutherland, Verdon College; Best Leader Senior Debates, Rebecca Whittet, St Kevin’s College; Best Speaker in Senior Debates, Emily Chamberlain, St Peter’s College; Most Promising Senior Dramatic Performance, Kaitlyn
Calvert-Shandley, Verdon College; and Most Promising Junior Dramatic Performance, Cara Holst, Verdon College.

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